Arrest after alleged threat at WINZ office

Court House-Sept-2013-08A South New Brighton man has been banned from all Work and Income offices in New Zealand after being arrested on a charge of threatening a staff member.

The ban was issued as part of his bail conditions at an appearance before Judge Brian Callaghan in the Christchurch District Court today.

Hunter Mangu Warren Montgomery, 47, an invalid beneficiary, was charged with threatening to injure a WINZ staff member, knowing that his conduct was likely to frighten the worker, and unlawful possession of a knife in Hampshire Street, Aranui.

He has entered no pleas and was remanded on bail to September 19, to arrange legal advice.

Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson asked for the ban because the charge arose from comments allegedly made by Montgomery when he was at the WINZ office in Beresford Street, New Brighton.

“It is a matter of bringing home to this man the seriousness of the comments he’s made,” said Mr Henderson.

Judge Callaghan told Montgomery he was not allowed to go within 100m of any WINZ office.

Duty lawyer Steve Hembrow said he had made it clear to Montgomery that the order applied to all WINZ offices in the country.

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